Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let democracy work

Posted on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I am writing to you concerning the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine. With changing political environments in the past few years, big industry has begun to creep into politics so extensively that individuals are losing the ability to represent themselves and each other, and decision makers can't decipher right from wrong. Let me help.

Polluting people's air is wrong. We have no choice whether or not to breathe the air around us, we cannot control its quality, nor can we clean it on our own. Everyone has the right to have clean air. Polluted air from coal causes thousands of deaths each year, not to mention other coal ash-related health issues.

Exponentially increasing greenhouse gas emissions is wrong. The coal from this mine will contribute approximately 280 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere a year. We're already seeing the detriment of global climate change each year, and significantly adding to it is unethical.

Finally, destroying water sources is wrong. Ranchers depend on this water for their cattle, as well as their irrigation. Coal mines cannot prevent heavy metal seepage into surface waters nor can they prevent coal ash pollution in water. Bioaccumulation of heavy metals also means check your fish before consuming, they could be toxic.

Allowing another outdated energy source in this state is wrong. Check the facts and listen to the individuals, not the big corporate groups just saying what you want to hear. Please let democracy work!

Janet McMillan


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